Another 4am start for the team at Woodstock eventing, taking 7 top class young horses out to Bucks County Horse Trials. I rode 6 horses in total: three in the training and three in the beginner novice. Chris rode the Pony stallion 'Popeye' in the training as well.
Interesting fact, 4 of the 6 horses I rode this weekend are all by the same sire, Shannondale Sarco, who is currently the number one sire of Jumpers and Eventers in Ireland. All the horses put in an awesome performance today. So proud of the two babies, Shannondale Tito and Shannondale Nimbus, both owned by Chimene Evans. The two of them rocked around their first event and are looking very promising for the future. Nimbus placed 2nd, closely followed by his half brother Tito in 3rd (Tito's video clip below).
In the beginner novice we also had Julia Jenkins, Vamos a Ver, who was also competing for the first time. He put in a classy performance finishing on his dressage score and into 5th place.
Popeye and Powell, both owned by Illona English of Summit Sport horses, also had stellar finishes. Powell, who finished 2nd, continues to step up to the plate showing his elegance in the dressage and effortless jumping abilities. Popeye continues to impress with his small stature, yet big ability to make the training today look easy. Popeye finished 7th among some top competitors.
After a spill left Charlotte out of the saddle for a few weeks, I took over the reins on Mighty Midas, who is also by Shannodale Sarco. He put in a good effort finishing forth on his dressage score in his first training. And is proving to be a top class horse with a bright future. I also competed my own, Shannodale Sergio, in the training. After being the top young jumper at Millstreet as a 3 year old, he is continuing to prove his abilities to be a top competitor. He was tied for 1st after dressage and ended up second after coming in just 2 seconds fast. None the less, he put in a foot perfect effort.
We're gearing up for an exciting fall with the upper level horses, and are looking forward to our next outing competing in the CIC2* at Plantation Fields.